As many readers know I am a big fan of my local cat cafe. Neko Ngeru is a small business and deserves the support of cat-loving visitors in Petone, New Zealand.
I am always thrilled to share my photographs with the cafe. I am expanding my photographic skills and the cafe uses my best work.
Sometimes though, I have pictures that are sort of meh, maybe even borderline good that would be great for a future blog post. I know you might find yourself in a similar situation, you don’t want to let that photo go so I asked my self ‘how do you rescue a bad cat photo’?
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What makes a bad photo anyway
There are bad photos that can be rescued and then there are the ‘others’. The ones you know, deep down, just did not work and that you need to delete.
What is the difference is between a potential winner and an ‘Ugh, that’s terrible’?
- A lack of focus can’t be fixed – too blurry.
- and extreme exposure – too light and too dark. The exception is if you take pictures using RAW. Then you have more options.
As you learn more about your camera settings for cat photography you will become better at achieving sharp focus and allowing your camera to take over some of the hard work by using a mode like ‘close-up’ or ‘sport’.
What Can I do to Improve a Bad Picture?
You can remove
There are times when I get ‘pet eye’ or red eye as it appears in humans. That
You can remove this by using one of the many software packages on the market. Photoshop Elements (PSE), GIMP, and Affinity are packages I have successfully used. None of the software packages is hard to use and YouTube has friendly tutorials to help you fix a pet’s glowing eyes.
Crop to Remove Part of Your Image
This is one of the best cat photography ideas and it’s something I often forget about!
If there is a lot of empty space, or the picture element is too far over to one
You can use a ‘Mask’ in Affinity or PSE
This image of Pan from the cat cafe has a lot going for it. Clear fur, calm expression and nicely defined fur. But, there is an over-bright corner to the image, sunshine, which is very distracting. This is the sample I use for my makevers.
One option will be to use a mask that will dim the over bright corner of the image. I am currently investigating masks for a future post. They have the potential beyond this photo rescue blog post and I am still learning how they work!
Image masking is a process of graphics software like Photoshop and Affinity to hide some portions of an image and to reveal others. It is a non-destructive process of image editing. Most of the time it enables you to adjust and tweak the mask later if necessary.Image Masking
Disguise a Photo Fail with a Filter
I am a big fan of filters. Partly because you can have a lot of fun and partly because they can transform a failure into a triumph.
I subscribe to Photo Lab (a modest annual fee) but there are plenty of free, or trial versions. I discovered that there are several where you can edit online, then save and share.
- PiZap Online editing or an app for iPhone or Android
- Edit online with UpperPix new kid on the block and versatile.
- Lunapic popular with bloggers and an effective filter tool
- Photoshop Elements – a little sister program that avoids Photoshops monthly subscription.
- Affinity Photo – for Mac and most importantly for iPad
These two photographs disguise the error by drawing attention elsewhere.
The Photo Lab Heart Bokeh filter (above) has a touch of romantic sweetness to it while the Sketch filter below has a more dramatic effect. The filter has the added bonus of adding definition to the tones of fur colour.
Both filters highlight Pan’s beautiful eyes and draw your attention to them, with or without colour. The mistake in the corner no longer exists and don’t forget you can also crop your image then add a filter as well.
Make an impact on Instagram with filters!
Text or a Watermark
My final cat photography idea to disguise a photo mistake is to put something relevant on top of the area you want to hide.
You have two quick to use options,
- Use a block of colour then add text or your watermark,
- or, boldly splash your watermark across to cover a mistake.
You Can Rescue a Bad Photo
You just need to analyse which quick and simple method will work best so you can show off your image on social media, or add to a blog post.
Don’t give up without trying a few of these options. I bet you have just the picture to experiment with somewhere in your photo library.